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Bach St John Passion – like you’ve never experienced before

Musician-in-Residence, Nicholas Mulroy

On Friday 8 March, Girton College’s Musician-in-Residence, Nicholas Mulroy and Bye-Fellow, Professor Margaret Faultless will lead the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Cambridge University Collegium Musicum, and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment experience scheme in an immersive performance of the composer’s famous work. 

The performers will reshape elements of traditional classical concert ritual to help you experience anew the emotional intensity of Bach's music. 

Audience members will be seated in the round with musicians moving freely around them. Those who wish to do so will be invited to join in the singing of some of the chorales like their eighteenth-century forebears.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment experience scheme is an innovative, one-year programme that gives gifted period instrument musicians, who have recently completed or are about to complete their studies, the chance to work alongside the OAE’s orchestral players. The scheme offers the opportunity to participate in intensive courses, perform in concerts, receive extra lessons and sit in on rehearsals, thereby giving them invaluable experiences that will assist their musical careers. 

This unique performance will take place at Girton College and will open with a talk from Professor Bettina Varwig, a distinguished figure in music and cultural history at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Music. 

To find out more including how to purchase tickets, visit the event page.

Girton College thanks Sue Palmer (1970, History) for the generous donation for this event.